Glenn Beck defends Arizona anti-LGBT law: ‘That’s freedom. Freedom is ugly.’

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 13:19 EDT
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Former Fox News host Glenn Beck said during his daily “Morning Meeting” segment on Tuesday that he supports Arizona’s proposed law legalizing discrimination against LGBT people in the name of “religious freedom.”

“That’s freedom,” he said, according to Right Wing Watch. “Freedom is ugly.”

“Emotionally, I’m torn on it,” he said. “I mean, let’s treat people right. Let’s be good, decent people.”

However, he said, “I don’t want to be forced to do something that goes against my religion. So, why is this law so wrong?”

Businesses, he said, have the right to decline service to anyone they choose.

“You have to be able to say, ‘Look, I own the restaurant,’” Beck said. What about, he said, nightclubs with doormen who patrol the ranks of people lined up to get in?

“They’re discriminating against people like me, old dumpy people,” he said. “So am I gonna sue them? No, people line up to be discriminated against.”

“I don’t like that world,” he said, “where everybody is able to say, ‘I’m not gonna serve your kind,’ but that’s freedom. It’s freedom. Freedom is ugly.”

Watch video of Beck’s remarks, embedded below:

David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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